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Our shampoo soap bar is an environmentally friendly, palm oil-free and vegan alternative to the traditional shampoos.

Often animal ingredients or substances of fossil origin are added to conventional shampoos and soaps. Hair washing does not require complex care products that have first been tested on animals and then produced by environmentally harmful processes.

For vegans, aesthetic results are not the only aspects to consider when buying a cosmetic product: they demand a fairer treatment of the environment, especially animals, and ensure that their cosmetic products do not contain animal ingredients. The search for vegan products is not easy because shampoos, creams, and soaps often contain animal ingredients. Exotic substances such as snake venom or snail mucus are added to creams as a miracle cure and written in capital letters on the packaging. On the contrary, other animal ingredients, e.g. lanolin, gelatine or beeswax, are hidden in the list of ingredients and must be sought carefully.

A shampoo without animal ingredients is very difficult to identify, even for the most conscious consumers, because it is produced by mixing complex artificial substances. The fatty acids that are converted by chemical reactions into surfactants, for example, can come from fossil, vegetable or animal ingredients. Vegans cannot be 100% sure that they are not using animal substances in their hair care. To solve this problem effectively, special seals have been developed to certify the absence of animal ingredients in foods, cosmetics, and other products. The initiative aims to clearly label permitted products for vegetarians and vegans so that they can easily access products free of animal ingredients without having to read through the entire ingredient list.

Many substances and manufacturing processes don't kill the animals, but pollute their ecosystems

The V-seals allow vegans to purchase faster, but they cannot summarize all relevant information for their purchasing decisions. Microplastics, artificial substances, and industrial manufacturing processes can destroy entire ecosystems and indirectly lead to the extinction of entire animal species. Some vegetable ingredients have also been particularly criticized in recent years, such as palm oil because their cultivation erodes large areas of forest. Unfortunately, environmentally friendly products cannot simply be identified with a few prerequisites.

shampoo bar Original Formula Golconda
As a palm oil-free and vegan shampoo, our shampoo bar is an uncomplicated solution for beautiful and healthy hair: it consists only of saponified vegetable oils and is produced by traditional manufacturing processes.h5>

The shampoos are constantly adding new substances whose effects are not yet completely known. As attention to the consequences of human activities on the environment continues to increase, more and more companies with minimal changes in the formulation are trying to present their products ecologically and naturally. Even in certified natural cosmetics, environmentally harmful substances may be named differently and offered as a natural alternative to vegans. This practice is known as "green-washing" and can particularly damage vegans because they are willing to spend more money not to pollute the environment.

How do I distinguish greenwashing from environmentally friendly natural cosmetics?

Good feelings are used to generate more profit. New unknown ingredients regularly appear in the shampoo ingredient lists. As soon as a surfactant gets a bad reputation, new similar alternatives are developed, which can be named differently with minimal changes. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is obtained through stressful manufacturing processes and has toxic effects on aquatic organisms. Many consumers no longer want to find it in their care products. Some companies simply change a raw material or a small part of the manufacturing process and they are allowed to add the surfactant under another name in the ingredient list. Nowadays many different similar surfactants are produced with the same production methods and cause the same negative effects on the environment. The same happens with silicones, parabens, thickeners and many other artificial substances found in vegan shampoos. Vegans have only one solution: read a lot and think critically. Many blog posts are financed by big companies and are not trustworthy. On the other hand, there are also bloggers who independently evaluate cosmetic products and consider scientific studies by environmental associations and the Federal Environment Agency.

Why are our vegan and palm oil-free shampoo bars a good natural alternative to bottled shampoos?

Our shampoo bars offer minimalist but effective hair care without animal ingredients, without silicones, without palm oil, and without sulfates. We believe in the power of natural ingredients and are convinced that a balanced blend of vegetable oils can nourish hair better than twenty artificial substances. Each vegetable oil can bring special properties to our shampoo bars. The mixture of six high-quality vegetable oils results in a great shampoo bar that foams properly and leaves the hair clean and combable. In our shampoo bars, vegetable ingredients are only added if they perform a function and not for advertising purposes.


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Golconda – Sustainable Products,
Salvatore De Rosa

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22527 Hamburg

+49 (0)40 386 32 584
info (at) golconda.de
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